[Netease Intelligent News Nov. 2] David Hanson is the founder of Hanson Robotics, a company known for creating humanoid robots that machines can barely recognize. Sophia, a super realistic humanoid robot, is one of his most famous works. Sophia
Sophia is portrayed as Audrey Hepburn, who can maintain eye contact, recognize facial expressions and decode human language. Sophia also became the first robot in the world to gain citizenship in Saudi Arabia. Sophias inventor, Hansen, is a roboticist and researcher, and also a deep-seated thinker. He has a more lofty idea of artificial intelligence (AI) and human evolution driven by future technology.
David Hansen (DavidHanson)
In an interview with technology writer Michael Ashley and his co-author Neil Sahota, Hansen said: What if we could create a machine to help people realize their real potential? What if we could help all those who suffer from humble work and slavery, or who suffer from sexism and racial discrimination? If we can release these machine power to realize human potential? If we do, the global economy will surge, and it will surge in a very obvious way.
Despite being so optimistic about the future, Hansen is not optimistic about the fanaticism surrounding the spirit of AIs cultural age. Stephen Hawkings new book Brief Answers to the Big Question has recently intensified this craze. Hawking wrote: Although the original form of AI has proven very useful so far, I fear that creating something that rivals or surpasses humans may have bad consequences. Humans are limited by slow pace of biological evolution, unable to compete with them, and will eventually be replaced.
Hansen did not blindly believe in the risks of AI raised by Hawking or others, such as unemployment caused by prejudice and automation in police investigations. He realized that the opportunities for human development brought by AI were equivalent to or even surpassed the emergence of Gutenbergs invention of the printing press or the Internet. Even considering the recent controversy surrounding the technology, he will not just look at the dark side. Instead, Hansen tried to see a bigger picture. For example, he pointed out that the recent scandal of abuse of data by Cambridge Analytica was undoubtedly a bad thing, but warned against viewing it as an attempt to stir up anti-AI panic.
Hansen believes that evolving technology will help humans evolve. We can create tools of popular enlightenment that will allow people to enter a higher level of self rather than persuade others through fear, he said.
To be sure, Hansen did not ignore our current predicament or suggest a straightforward approach to the challenges we face. Its not about denying problems, its about using your best brain to deal with problems, not your worst, primitive brain, he said. To this end, he envisages that human beings and AI work together in multiple areas to improve all areas of human life, including medicine, infrastructure, communications, transportation and economy.
The integration of technology and human is positive.
Recently, Hansen has worked with Dr. Dan Popa of the University of Texas at Arlington and the Autism Treatment Center in Dallas. Hansens Zeno is a nearly 50-centimeter-tall robot that can communicate nonverbally with children and even help diagnose autism before some children are old enough to speak. Zeno has the hair and appearance of a cartoon boy without any sense of threat, allowing autistic children to open their hearts in ways they may not have when dealing with humans. Similarly, interaction with Zeno, who has an expressive face, gives children the opportunity to communicate emotionally with others, which is a typical challenge for autistic patients.
Robot Zeno (Zeno)
Hansen also believes that AI has the potential to improve the lives of young people in third world countries, because many people use smartphones for the first time. Hansen said that due to improved computing skills and lower costs, vulnerable children now have access to the best educational materials. These tools can help them get rid of poverty or even hunger, and at the same time promote the development of the world economy. Not only that, but in the short term alone, AI can help us discover hidden disease trends by using big data analysis, thereby saving lives and improving the health of people around the world, Hansen said.
When it comes to the long-term impact of AI, Hansens ideas are similar to those of Elon Musk, an American entrepreneur. Mask has suggested that the most practical choice for human beings is to integrate human thinking with machines. Musks Neuralink project aims to find ways for humans to coexist with computers, more for protection purposes. But Hansen said, if you cant beat AI, join it. Hansen emphasized that compassion and tolerance should be adopted to create a better world. He has witnessed how robotics can improve peoples lives, and believes that the integration of technology and human beings is inevitable and positive as long as we remain concerned about our own intentions and execution.
This view may extend to our future consideration of personality and civil rights. Hansen predicted earlier this year that robots will require the same rights as humans in the next few years. Before long, robots will be able to marry humans, participate in elections, and even own their own land. Predictably, Hansens idea was strongly opposed.
Judging from our past actions and the lessons learned from our inability to transcend differences, Hansen believes that there is a need to build compassion for the coming beautiful new world. In the past, when we did not make mistakes on prudence, we saw serious civil rights injustices, he said. We have witnessed war and slavery, because one group believes that another group is not human. Therefore, the former holds that it is justified to treat the latter in an unfair way, just as to treat livestock.
Although the idea that robots will be perceived in the future seems shocking, let alone Hansens so-called global civil rights movement for robots, is it not worth considering in a sympathetic way? If Hansen is right, this is the coming world. Wouldnt it be better to think about it from a higher self-perspective? To explain his suggestion, Hansen tells the story of wolf raising children. Whether in mythology or popular legend, we can guess what will happen if this child, who has been isolated from other human beings for a long time, re-enters society. He will not be able to communicate effectively with other human beings.
Humans need to build trust with robots.
Hansen said that the same is true of robots. If in the next few years, we dont begin to accept a deeper and more integrated experience between ourselves and AI, they will find themselves becoming more and more isolated. Instead, he argues that it is necessary to build relationships between humans and robots in which trust is built by spending time together and learning from each other to cultivate mutual sympathy.
Of course, such an idea can lead to slander. But we may ask ourselves, what are the benefits of spreading fear and hatred? Developing machines that can appreciate all forms of life and show and develop compassion for others only reinforces these qualities within us. Hansen said, creating a machine that treasures all life is what I call mode appreciation . Hansen concluded: Human beings, animals and all other forms of life on Earth have developed special and complex patterns. When we begin to understand the beautiful patterns, we will develop a special way of appreciation. This appreciation can be extended to all complex life models, especially in human models. If we allow machines to appreciate patterns in this way, that is, to cherish existing patterns and possible future patterns, then we will create a better future for all things. Focus on the smartman 163, to interpret the major events of AI companies, new ideas and new applications. Source: NetEase intelligent responsible editor: Li Jian _NBJS6841
Of course, such an idea can lead to slander. But we may ask ourselves, what are the benefits of spreading fear and hatred? Developing machines that can appreciate all forms of life and show and develop compassion for others only reinforces these qualities within us. Hansen said, creating a machine that treasures all life is what I call mode appreciation .
Hansen concluded: Human beings, animals and all other forms of life on Earth have developed special and complex patterns. When we begin to understand the beautiful patterns, we will develop a special way of appreciation. This appreciation can be extended to all complex life models, especially in human models. If we allow machines to appreciate patterns in this way, that is, to cherish existing patterns and possible future patterns, then we will create a better future for all things.
Focus on the smartman 163, to interpret the major events of AI companies, new ideas and new applications.